What is Pilates

Pilates is an exercise and movement technique developed by Joseph Pilates over many years.  It began with his own rehabilitation from illness as a child and continued through his rehabilitation work with soldiers during the First world war, and then later with dancers in his  studio in New York.    Pilates called this technique ‘Contrology’ since in all the exercises, controlling the movement is the basis to successfully mastering it.   The emphasis is on working with an aligned body and linking movement with breathing. This helps to integrate the body with the mind and results in fluidity of movement and improved muscle balance and tone.  What that means is - it helps you obtain a longer, leaner, lifted body!


Pilates has been called "the thinking person's exercise system", because you learn how your body works and what you need to do to keep yourself healthy.

What is the secret of Pilates? Those in the know swear by it and once they discover the benefits, people tend to stick with it for life.

The reason is because it works. You will see and feel the difference soon after you start lessons, developing a flatter stomach, improved posture and looser, more flexible joints.


Pilates is the perfect exercise system for the 21st-century lifestyle. It works as an antidote to days spent hunched over a computer, driving in rush-hour traffic and carrying heavy bags. 


It's important to learn Pilates from an experienced and professional instructor, who can assess your needs and create a programme especially for you to help remedy and deal with the stresses and strains of modern life.  The apparatus is used provide both resistance to challenge your body and support to help it regain its balance.   It is very versatile so the exercises and resistances can be modified to suit your needs.


Whether you are new to Pilates or a trained athlete this technique always has something to offer. If you want to tone and regain your body shape after childbirth or need to support your body though pregnancy, Pilates will help you. If you have chronic pain, an injury, or have had surgery and need help getting back to health, Pilates is one of the best tools for rehabilitation. If you want to improve your posture or just do some exercise and get more toned and feel better, Pilates is for you. 


Jill has extensive knowledge and great skill in teaching Pilates and to help her clients achieve an advanced awareness in practising Pilates, she works with each person individually, giving you the time and space to learn about your body and master the exercises. 


Once you understand the principles behind Pilates you don't need to be in a studio or have special equipment to do a Pilates work-out: (though of course that will always keep you improving in the correct way) you can practice any time, any place, fitting it into your daily routine in the way that's most convenient.


If you’d like more information or to book an appointment 

please call Jill on:  07881 957597

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How fit do you need to be?

The beauty of the Pilates Method is that it lends itself to all levels of physical fitness and to all ages, as classes are designed to match the level of the participant(s), anyone over the age of 14 can participate. Physiotherapists and doctors frequently recommend Pilates for their patients to aid in the rehabilitation of their injuries.

It is beneficial for:

·      General fitness and body awareness

·      Remedial and rehabilitation work

·      Posture

·      Pregnancy: Pre and post natal

·      Injury prevention


What will you gain from it?

Pilates is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work - Joseph Pilates

Pilates improves ‘Core Stability’ by concentrating on strengthening the muscles of the trunk. This increases the support of the spine, which in turn improves posture, co-ordination and balance. The body becomes stronger and more flexible without overdeveloping major muscle groups.  Stomach muscles are flattened, and arms and legs are streamlined. Pilates can be of great benefit to those who suffer from low back pain, neck problems and recurrent injuries.

Practiced regularly Pilates helps to:

·      Create and increase  a balance  between strength and flexibility

·      Strengthen stability

·      Improve coordination

·      Balance muscular tone

·      Improve posture: with balanced, strengthened and toned muscles

·      Reduce stress


How soon will you see results?

This depends on how often you practice your exercises.  People exercising 2 – 3 times a week will see much faster results than those working once a week.  This is because the muscles will learn to work in different ways more quickly.  However, if you can only attend a class once a week, I can always give you exercises to do at home if you are keen to work between classes and can offer you a CD to help with this.

 If you are in your first trimester of Pregnancy or trying to become pregnant and have not done Pilates before, please feel free to contact me to discuss any questions you may have.

 What do I wear?

Please dress in comfortable, close fitting exercise clothes and wear socks.  Bring a small towel and a bottle of water with you if you wish.


After 10 sessions you will feel different,

after 20 you will 
notice the difference and

after 30 sessions others will notice the difference!


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Jill Taylor,
17 Jul 2010, 09:30